Yesterday’s workout (pecs and triceps) was my second workout since I returned from my vacation, and it was another excellent, very intense training session. I finally feel like myself again: for the first time in months I am genuinely looking forward to my training sessions, I’m feeling positive and energetic, I’m eating clean and I’m having very productive workouts.
OK, yesterday I mentioned that I was giving some serious thought to eliminating my weekly cheat meal while I’m cutting. Well, that’s exactly what I’ve elected to do, effective immediately. The more I thought about it the more I realized that it was the right thing for me to do. For the past 4 months or so I’ve been very lax with my diet, and now it’s time to get serious. After my workout yesterday I stripped off my shirt and was not real happy with what I saw. I’m going to take a body fat reading and tape measurements this weekend, but I’m pretty sure that I’m at, or above, 12% body fat right now. As you’ll see when I take my monthly pictures on April 1st, this is the softest I’ve looked since early 2007 (after my 2006 bulk). I know exactly what I need to do to get back to “beach shape”: strict dieting, no alcohol, no cheat meals, no missed workouts and no missed cardio sessions. Over the past five years I’ve taken this “extreme” approach twice before: my initial fat loss phase, and last year’s post-bulk cut. The results of those two cuts speak for themselves, and I will do it again now. You can mark my words on that. Those of you who have been visiting this site for any amount of time know that if I say something like that you can take it to the bank. The nice thing about this time, though, is I don’t have nearly as much fat to lose as I did the other two times. I think that with two months of strict, hard work I’ll be back to 6% body fat. I’m very excited and amped about this personal challenge. For the next couple of months my diet and training will be taking center stage in my life.
I am doing this for me, but also I hope that those of you who are working towards building your best “beach body” will be inspired by my example. I promise, I won’t let you down. Wanting a good body and actually having one are two very different things. While the “all or nothing” approach is not for everyone, no one can argue that it gets results. If results are what you are after, I encourage you to dig deep and give a maximal effort for the next couple of months. I’ll certainly enjoy the company. 🙂